The Alliance GAzette : August 2015

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Dear GAzette Readers,

Hallo from Amsterdam! I’m traversing through Europe with my daughter, experiencing new foods and cultures, and learning how other countries approach ‘going green.’ Of course to many August means the end of the summer is near, but at the Green Alliance things are still heating up.

On August 23 we’re hosting the 
Green Families Club Celebration at the Kittery Community Market. This is one of my favorite Green Alliance events, which brings together our community members and sustainable businesses to inspire awareness in future environmentalists. 

We hope you’ll join us for this all ages event featuring cake, a scavenger hunt, games, prizes and more. Find out more about the event in the newsletter below.

But that’s not all. In this month’s issue of the GAzette, 
The Natural Dog helps pet owners protect their dogs and cats against ticks, RiverWoods creates an environment similar to Blue Zones, and we meet Jack Kenworthy who brings wind energy to New Hampshire and much more!

Summer isn’t over yet!
Sarah Brown
Director and Founder
Sarah exploring Amsterdam via bicycle as many locals do.

Green Business in Our Community

Join Us for the Annual Green Families Celebration

The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host the Green Families Celebration and Market, a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities. Discover the Green Families community on Sunday, August 23.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company. Read the full story here

RiverWoods Draws Parallels with Blue Zones

Blue Zones have been identified by author Dan Buettner in the book The Blue Zones as areas where populations live longer and enjoy a superior quality of life into old age. Several Blue Zones have been identified around the world such as Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, and the areas studied have been identified as sharing six specific characteristics that are believed to aid in the superior quality of life at an older age.

RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Exeter, also shares many of these Blue Zone characteristics that are suggested to be linked with living longer and healthier in older age.

“RiverWoods is structured in a unique way,” said Cathleen Toomey, RiverWoods’ VP. “People join when they are independent and able to live on their own. They make their home here and gain friends. When and if they need another level of care they can transition to assisted living or skilled nursing, in a private room, with no limit in how length of stay, and no increase in fee. Meanwhile, your community is here to support you. That is the extraordinary benefit of a CCRC.” Read the full story here

Ticked Off? The Natural Dog Can Help

New England is graced with somewhat unusual climate conditions – harsh winters often followed by beautiful, somewhat dry spring. But with these weather patterns come an onslaught of biting insects – ticks in particular – that target pets and their owners across the East. It’s well known that ticks carry Lyme and other types of debilitating diseases, as they lie in wait on tall grasses readying themselves to hitch a ride on cats and dogs. 

So what can homeowners do to protect their pets, as well as themselves? The first solution is to avoid grassy or wooded areas entirely. But during the summer months, it’s not feasible to avoid the outdoors throughout the seacoast and the Great Bay (a known tick hotbed) area.

To determine what options are available, it’s best to turn to professionals. Locally, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat offer choices on a variety of natural products, from holistic pet foods to natural flea and tick remedies. Read the full story here. 

Performance Business Solutions: Bringing New Meaning to "Saving Green"

Performance Business Solutions (PBS) is a leader in cost-reduction consulting. Much of PBS’ work is centered on cost segregation studies. Essentially, Jeff Hiatt determines where and how clients can save cash. In many cases, energy efficiency and other sustainability concepts play integral roles in PBS recommendations. However, Jeff does not operate under a “one size fits all” philosophy. By working closely with clients, Jeff is able to pinpoint the best solutions for individual companies, which may or may not involve “green” elements. This logic-based thinking, paired with extensive knowledge of tax principles and sustainability, has earned Jeff a reputation as a trustworthy and innovative consultant. Through the course of his work, Jeff has vetted a variety of vendors, and has compiled a list of businesses that offer top-notch services. Read the full story here

Green Collar Careers: Eolian's Jack Kenworthy

Wind is a vast, natural, and renewable energy. Despite being used as a power source for centuries, it wasn't until 1888 that Charles Brush first harnessed its potential to create electricity.

Eolian Renewable Energy, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, carries on Brush's work on a much larger scale. Brush's first wind turbine powered one home. Eolian's current project in Antrim, New Hampshire, will power about 12,500 average New Hampshire homes when completed.

The Antrim Wind Project is a venture that Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy is incredibly proud of. Not just because of the clean, renewable energy that it will create for the state of New Hampshire, but also for the many other innovative elements built into the project including vast amounts of forestland that the project will permanently conserve. Read the full story here.

Integrated Fitness Helps Cultivate Good (Green) Health in Dover

It’s easy being green, and being healthy, in Dover, New Hampshire. About a dozen fitness companies are members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce; several restaurants in the city serve local, seasonal, organic fare; and wholesome events are commonplace, from road races and farmers’ markets to Apple Harvest Day.

But the city of Dover also appreciates its green spaces and the active lifestyles of its residents.
“Dover has a lot of open park space, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor hockey arena, and other recreational activities for children and adults,” said Katie MacKinnon, Membership and Business Resource Manager for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

“The majority of our clients are from Dover, and we’ve found that the Dover community is very health-conscious, with a big demand for what we’re doing,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLCRead the full story here.

Green Collar Careers: Eco Sound Builders Co-Owner,
Peter Robie

When Peter Robie first met Ethan Korpi back in 2004, their shared vision to build structures utilizing sustainable and efficient methods made them bond instantly. Both Robie and Korpi shared a background of being highly trained in building and carpentry. They created a southern division of Eco Sound Builders on the seacoast in 2008, an offshoot of the original business founded by Korpi and his father, Roger, in the Lakes and White Mountain region of New Hampshire.

The goal of Eco Sound Builders' two divisions is to build quality homes and buildings that are durable and sustainable throughout New Hampshire. 
Read the full story here.

Grassroots Green

2015 Recycler of the Year Goes Above and Beyond

Every year, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents one recipient the Recycler of the Year award, in honor of Sami Izzo, a late member who was both known and loved by the organization for her contributions to recycling and waste management. On Monday, June 8th, Steve Bennett, manager of the Loudon, N.H transfer station, was honored with the award at the NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Bennett purchases recycling equipment for the transfer station through the NRRA and believes that the organization is a useful outlet for towns looking to get the most money for their materials. The NRRA works with New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB), an organization focused on improving recycling efforts, beautifying the state, and educating the public. Together, the two groups mentor municipalities to collect more recyclable items and issue grants and subsidies to aid towns in improving their recycling efforts. Read the full story here.

CCNNE: A Proud Sponsor of the Special Olympics

The Coca-Cola Company is one of the most well-known businesses across the globe, but the iconic drink company is not always thought of as a leader in sustainability and community initiatives. Coca-Cola and its regional bottling facilities are continuously finding new ways to give back to the community and have become increasingly environmentally friendly.

The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and the Coca-Cola Company has been a global sponsor since the organization was established. In the Northeast, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) has worked with the Special Olympics for decades and provides refreshments for the athletes and volunteers. Read the full story here
Check out this awesome video of last year's Green Families Celebration!
Upcoming Events

August 05, 12, 19, 26 - Rye Farmers Market
Rye Center, 580 Washington Road, Rye, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Enjoy local fruits, vegetables, flowers, fine crafts and baked goods from many new vendors, such as Churchill's Gardens with flowers and plants and Isles of Shoals Organic Body Products. Learn more here
August 07 - Kayak Brave Boat Harbor
Brave Boat Harbor Road, 3:00 p.m.
Unwind at the end of the work week while kayaking through Brave Boat Harbor with the Kittery Land Trust. Click here for more info. 

August 08 - Zev Yoga Inversion Invasion
Zev Yoga Studios Dover, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Learn the secrets of inversion yoga, build on the breath and develop the directions of the wind to promote your proper alignment with an array of inverted poses. The class is suggested for level 2 practitioners. Email for more information or to register.

August 09, 16, 23, 30 - Kittery Community Market
Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Stock up on fresh produce, baked goods, and crafts every Sunday until October 4. Stop by the KCM booth to enter to win a Green Alliance membership each weekend. Learn more here
August 18 - Kennebunk Savings Bank Concert on the Common
Kittery Community Center, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Sixties Invasion will light up the stage with their vibrant, fun tunes highlighting a cache of hits from everybody’s favorite era for music. Tributes to Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan or Roy Orbison in costume will be including in the event. Bring a blanket, chair, friends and family for the rain or shine event. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the STAR Theater. Click here for more info.

August 23 - Green Families Celebration and Market
Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bring the family out for a day of fun featuring family friendly vendors, games, face painting, a scavenger hunt, prizes, and so much more! Learn more here
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